PITTSFIELD -- Criminal proceedings against a reputed Hells Angel and three other men have stalled again as a new attorney assigned to represent Adam Lee Hall attempts to get up to speed in the more than year-old case.
Alan J. Black, the attorney for Hall, 35, of Peru, told Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini on Tuesday that he is about "halfway through" one of seven boxes of documents he recently received from Hall’s previous lawyer. Meanwhile, more information from the state’s murder investigation continues to come in, according to the other defense attorneys in the case.
Hall, along with David Chalue, 45, of North Adams, and Caius Veiovis, 32, of Pittsfield, are accused of kidnapping and killing David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell in August 2011.
The men’s dismembered bodies were later found buried in a trench on private property in Becket. Police allege Hall carried out the crime to prevent Glasser from testifying against him in an upcoming trial; Frampton and Chadwell were killed to prevent there being any witnesses.
A fourth defendant, 64-year-old David Casey, of Canaan, N.Y., has been charged as an accessory for allegedly helping bury the bodies. He is represented by attorney Thomas J. Donohue Jr.
Tuesday’s hearing was originally scheduled to hash out further court dates, including a tentative trial date. But since Hall received a new lawyer, the hearing was again pushed
Last month, Hall’s original attorney, Wil liam A. Rota, was allowed to withdraw from the case after Hall secretly met with state police in an attempt to clear his name and revealed Rota’s defense strategy. Black was brought in October to replace Rota.
Chalue’s attorney, Donald W. Frank, and Veiovis’ lawyer, James Gavin Reardon Jr., told the court Tuesday that they’re still receiving new information in the case.
"Stuff keeps coming in," Reardon said.
Even so, DNA testing on evidence has yet to be scheduled. Black said he would be asking for a separate DNA expert, apart from the other defense attorneys, to be at the testing process. Black believes Hall’s case conflicts with those of the other defendants.
No motions have yet been heard to determine whether the men’s cases would be tried separately.
Besides Hall’s murder case, Black, of Northampton, is representing him on several other dockets that go back to 2009 and include gun, drug, child pornography, and kidnapping charges.
All four defendants remain in jail and all have pleaded not guilty to their charges.